During his short time in the American mindset, Barack Obama has used violent rhetoric on several occasions to get his point across. His public use of use language is one of many firsts for this president. Here is a list that is sure to grow as time goes on.
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1. “Whose Ass To Kick”
Obama got very defensive when questioned about his inaction on the BP oil spill during an interview for American television on June 7, 2010 and said the following:
2. Bring a Gun to A Knife Fight
“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama told the audience. “Because from what I understand folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.”
Source: The Wall Street Journal
3. “Argue With Neighbors, Get In Their Face”
At another campaign stop on September 18, 2008, Obama advocated that his supporters “argue with [people], get in their faces”:
4. “I don’t want to quell anger… I’m angry!”
At the height of public resentment at bonuses being paid to Wall Street investment bankers, Obama said on March 30, 2009 that “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry. I’m angry.”
Although Obama did say he wanted to “channel our anger in a constructive way,” he did not specify how that anger would be channeled.
Source: The New York Times
5. “Get out of the way”
On August 8, 2009, Obama lashed out at Republican critics of his handling of the economy.
“I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don’t mind cleaning up after them, but don’t do a lot of talking.”
6. “Gearing up for a Fight”
During a weekly radio and television address on February 28, 2009, President Obama laid out his plan to reform healthcare in America. He also had a message to the special interests opposed to his agenda.
“I know they [the special interests and lobbyists] are gearing up for a fight as we speak. My message to them is this: so am I.”
7. “Hit Back Twice As Hard”
During the town hall meeting protests of the summer of 2009, Senior White House adviser David Axelrod and deputy chief of staff Jim Messina told Democrat Senators, “If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard.”
Although the quote is attributed to Messina, it has been tied to Obama and did come from an official top source in the Administration.